Mental Health Care and the Church
The North Carolina Council of Churches publishes Acts of Faith, a series of lectionary-based worship aids focusing on themes of social justice in North Carolina. The guide for September 19 (Proper 20) is titled “A Balm in Gilead”: Mental Health Care and The Church.
Combating the stigma that many people still attach to mental illness is a worthy mission. Pastors can play such an important role as navigators of the mental health system: helping people to name their struggles, connect with an appropriate mental health professional, and get the healing they desperately need. But within the church, it is still an act of courage for pastors to speak about their own mental health issues. So we need prophetic voices to give witness to suffering and to provide hope.
I hope you will take a look at this lectionary resource.
Clergy Health Initiative